Category: Education

McKinsey Report on US Teacher Quality

Today I received on my desk an advanced copy of Wendy Kopp’s new book. In addition to being one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2008, Kopp is my boss, many times removed. She’s the founder and CEO of...

/ January 12, 2011

One Year Later, a Few People to Thank

There is an enormous amount that I have to be grateful for.  One year ago, I left my employment as a financial planner in order to pursue a crazy dream of becoming a writer.  It just sounds so pretentious when...

/ July 24, 2010

The Academic Program at St. John’s College

I earned my master’s degree in liberal arts from the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico). Mortimer Adler famously said in How to Read a Book, “There is one college that I know...

/ July 20, 2010

“Victimization” Studies and the Evangelical Conscience

A bit more background on me: My focus during my undergraduate career was post-colonial African history. Someday I want to go to grad school to continue studying it. Depending on the program I get in, I might be able to...

/ June 9, 2010

Leadership as the Art of Lying

From Scott Adam’s cheeky and amusing piece recommending that you invest in companies you hate: “When companies make money, we assume they are well-managed. That perception is reinforced by the CEOs of those companies who are happy to tell you...

/ June 7, 2010

The April Recap

I just finished sending out Mere-O Monthly and thought I’d share it here. What? You haven’t signed up for it? You should.  It’s designed for casual readers of Mere-O who want only what the crowds sift through and decide they...

/ May 11, 2010

The Top Posts from March

Debilitating allergies have practically destroyed my ability to do much of anything this weekend, so reading and writing were a bit more difficult than normal. But I realized that I never let you all know which were the most popular...

/ April 11, 2010

The ‘Ten Books’ Meme Jumps the Shark

Which can only mean I’m weighing in with my own list. In case you missed it, folks have been listing the ten books that either influenced them, they liked the most, or are best in their category (like Dr. Sanders’...

/ March 23, 2010

Brief Reflections on Composition after a Lecture

There are, of course, two relevant considerations in giving a lecture:  the ideas and the form.  Each has its own difficulties, and while they are inextricably linked, the form seems to pose the greatest challenge to me.  I may be...

/ February 19, 2010

Avant Garde Education

Education without ethos is simply unsustainable given the indefatigable impulse toward rogue individualism. As was once said of conservative philosopher Russell Kirk, “if you stand still long enough, soon or later your avant garde,” so can be said of my...

/ February 15, 2010